Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
The Crimson Rooms, by Katharine McMahon
An interesting book, set in England shortly after the first world war, full of fascinating characters. Evelyn Gifford, a woman lawyer when such a thing was unheard of, deals with two cases: a mother who has lost her children and is fighting to get them back before they are sent to Canada by the foundling home where she left them, and a former soldier who is accused of having killed his young bride. Meredith, mother of Edmund, son of Evelyn's brother, is a complicated gal. Evelyn's mother and aunt are part of a generation hoping the freeze the world pre-war. The other players in the legal setting are interesting, too: Breen, who makes me hope for a series, Nicholas Thorne, the love interest, Wolf the lazy bum, and the judges who hate women lawyers. Sadly, the book was slow moving to a painful extent.